Here, Jim, take her away; shes worse than the puppies, and we cant have her round, commanded the elder brother, picking her up and handing her over to the little fellow, who received her with open arms and the warning remark
Youd better mind what you do, for Im going to dopt Pokey like Rose did Phebe, and then youll have to be very good to her, you big fellows.
Dopt away, baby, and Ill give you a cage to keep her in, or you wont have her long, for she is getting worse than a monkey; and Archie went back to his mates, while Aunt Jessie, foreseeing a crisis, proposed that Jamie should take his dolly home, as she was borrowed, and it was time her visit ended.
My dolly is better than yours, isnt she? cause she can walk and talk and sing and dance, and yours cant do anything, can she? asked Jamie with pride, as he regarded his Pokey, who just then had been moved to execute a funny little jig and warble the well-known couplet
I been Lunnin, to saw a Tween.
After which superb display she retired, escorted by Jamie, both making a fearful din blowing on conch shells.
We must tear ourselves away, Rose, because I want to get you home before sunset. Will you come for a drive, Jessie? said Dr. Alec, as the music died away in the distance.
No, thank you; but I see the boys want a scamper, so, if you dont mind, they may escort you home, but not go in. That is only allowed on holidays.
The words were hardly out of Aunt Jessies mouth when Archie said, in a tone of command
Pass the word, lads. Boot and saddle, and be quick about it.
All right! And in a moment not a vestige of boy remained but the litter on the floor.
The cavalcade went down the hill at a pace that made Rose cling to her uncles arm, for the fat old horses got excited by the antics of the ponies careering all about them, and went as fast as they could pelt, with the gay dog-cart rattling in front, for Archie and Charlie scorned shelties since this magnificent equipage had been set up. Ben enjoyed the fun, and the lads cut up capers till Rose declared that circus was the proper name for them after all.
When they reached the house they dismounted, and stood, three on each side the steps, in martial attitudes, while her ladyship was handed out with great elegance by Uncle Alec. Then the Clan saluted, mounted at word of command, and with a wild whoop tore down the avenue in what they considered the true Arab style.
That was splendid, now it is safely ended, said Rose, skipping up the steps with her head over her shoulder to watch the dear tassels bob about.
I shall get you a pony as soon as you are a little stronger, said Dr. Alec, watching her with a smile.
Oh, I couldnt ride one of those horrid, frisky little beasts! They roll their eyes and bounce about so, I should die of fright, cried Rose, clasping her hands tragically.
Are you a coward?
About horses I am.
Never mind, then; come and see my new room; and he led the way upstairs without another word.
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